CD Reviews

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We Are The Monks - Self-Titled

“You gain a lot of perspective when you are hustling tables. In the midst of all that chaos and confusion, God brought me back to why I started doing music in the first place,” says Trent Monk, describing his hiatus from performing when he turned to carpentry and waiting tables. It was clear to him that he wasn’t finished with music and began...
 
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Will Wood – Broken Man

Will Wood has an interesting take on country music. He has managed to create something generally in the realm of folk cross pop and as a result is making some super catchy tunes, including his first single Sick of It All, which moves at 100 miles an hour. His genre has been redefined, mostly because I don’t think people knew exactly what to do with it, as alt-country.
 
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Angela Sheik – Home Before Dark

The first word that pops into the mind after hearing "Home Before Dark," is "wow." Now here is one amazing talent with a fantastic collection of tunes in tow on her latest release. It's worth making yourself aware of Angela Sheik, and this new album is as good a place to start as any. She plays an assortment of instruments and also happiness to be...
 
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Elliot Moss – Highspeeds

Dreaming of summer? Well, 20-year-old New Yorker Elliot Moss and his debut LP Highspeeds are your dream come true. If you’re a fan of James Blake and Chet Faker then look no further than Moss for your latest hit of smooth-as -they-come alternative electronic beats. Do yourself a favour though: slip in some headphones, slop on your...
 
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Dot Hacker - How's Your Process

Dot Hacker front man Josh Klingerhoffer has taken the timeless phrase “don’t quit your day job” to another level. While maintaining his position as the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarist he helms his own experimental rock project with RHCP keyboardist Clint Walsh. Jonathan Hischke (Broken Bells) and Gnarls Barkley alum Eric Gardner round out...
 
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The Griswolds – Be Impressive

Following the success of their EP Heart of a Lion, The Griswolds are back with their debut album Be Impressive. You finish your margarita, frozen daiquiri or whatever is your tropical drink of choice whilst listening to the inescapable beats of Heart of a Lion. Suddenly you come to the realisation that the...
 
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Groundbreaking Artists Highlighted on New DVDs

Highly-anticipated collections featuring Alabama, Deep Purple, Genesis and Yes are available now on DVD and/or Blu-ray. Artist: Alabama. Title: Alabama & Friends At The Ryman (Eagle Vision). You might like if you enjoy: Alabama, Jason Aldean, Trisha Yearwood, Jamey Johnson. Tell me more: Since reforming to perform a benefit...
 
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John Lyons - Sing Me Another Song

“I began approaching songwriting as a job, forcing myself to stand up, go down in my basement home studio and work on songwriting for many hours each day and night,” writes blues artist John Lyons on his website, describing how he focused his creative process for his third and latest album “Sing Me Another Song.” The Michigan...
 
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The Beautiful Girls – Dancehall Days

It may only contain nine tracks, but Dancehall Days from The Beautiful Girls has an uncanny ability to stretch out into a lifetime. It works fantastically on many levels and you could listen to it at the gym or in your car… But instead listen to Dancehall Days in private, lying on your bed with your eyes shut, and the listening experience will take on a whole...
 
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Shamir – Northtown

They say that everybody is born with a gift, and while I’m still trying to figure out exactly what mine is (pls help D:), I can tell you that Shamir Bailey’s is most certainly his out-of-this world voice. Possessing the rare tonal quality that blurs all lines between femininity and masculinity (think Sam Smith), Shamir describes himself as being...
 
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Mick Kolassa - Michissippi Mick

“I get up in the morning/I can’t bend down to tie my shoes/My mind says let’s boogie/My body just flat out refuse,” sings veteran blues artist Mick Kolassa on “Time Ain’t On My Side,” one of 12 tracks on his latest album “Michissippi Mick.” Recorded in Memphis, this Swing Suit Records label release features seven self-penned songs...
 
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Music Worth Buying - Ace Frehley and Eric Clapton

Orange County Register (CA) music critic Robert Kinsler and his co-host, TJR review new CDs. This week the pair look at Space Invader by Ace Frehley and The Breeze an appreciation of JJ Cale by Eric Clapton and Friends.
 
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Lowell – We Loved Her Dearly

We love Lowell dearly. No, seriously. With her quirky-cute, sunshine pop and light as a feather vocals, Elizabeth Lowell Boland, who performs under the moniker Lowell, is our fave new pop princess. The rising Canadian singer-songwriter creates contagiously catchy, synth-pop melodies that address rape, women’s rights, and empowerment. You go girl.
 
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Seekae – The Worry

My method of preparation for this review was listening to Seekae’s first two albums, The Sound of Trees Falling on People and +DOME, and those hours were, in a word, blissful. For those of you not familiar with the Sydney act, they’ve been making forward-thinking instrumental electronica for a number of years now, incorporating...
 
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Wise Girl - You'll Just Have To Wait

“…something so heart wrenching turned into something positive. All of the pain that I went through was worth it because of the outcome,” says Wise Girl frontwoman Abby Weitz, referring to the memoir-esque songs she wrote for the trio’s current CD, “You’ll Just Have To Wait.” This is the New York City-based band’s debut full-length ...
 
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